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Collaborate Research Centres (Sonderforschungsbereiche/SFB) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG):

  • SFB 1083 - "Structure and dynamics of internal interfaces"
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    The Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1083 of the German DFG has been established at Philipps-Universität Marburg in collaboration with the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), San Sebastián, Spain. The SFB consists of more than 60 chemists and physicists that collaborate in investigations of solid/solid interfaces of a variety of organic and inorganic materials. The aim is to achieve a detailed microscopic understanding of the chemical bonding, the electronic coupling, and the dynamics of energy transfer for model systems of different classes of hetero-interfaces.
  • SFB 135/Transregio 135 - "Cardinal Mechanisms of Perception: Prediction, Valuation, Categorization" 
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    Perception is arguably the most basic and most important function of our mind, because it provides the sole source of information about the environment. Our senses present us with a window into the world, enabling us to take up information from the surrounding world. Perception, by contrast, is the process by which this information is interpreted, a “making sense of the senses”. Research on sensory processing has been immensely successful, but we want to understand how the human brain extracts meaning from these basic sensory signals. Previous attempts to understand perception have emphasized specific solutions to specific perceptual problems. Here we propose to understand perception in terms of a set of three underlying principles: Prediction, Valuation and Categorization. These cardinal mechanisms create and maintain sophisticated internal models of the world. The brain is the organ that continuously optimizes these internal models, enabling us to predict  the future state of the environment and the consequences of actions, evaluate  the potential risks and benefits of different stimuli and responses, andcategorize  a complex continuous world into discrete mental concepts and behaviors.

Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG):

  • GRK 1782 - Functionalization of Semiconductors
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    in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and the Structure and Technology Research Laboratory

    The Research Training Group "Functionalisation of Semiconductors" deals with the development, characterisation and integration of novel materials on currently used semiconductors. In doing so, the capability of the synthesized complete system will be improved and new fields of application open up.
  • International Research Training Group (IRTG) 1901 The Brain in Action (BrainAct)
    in collaboration with Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany, Queen's University, Canada, Western University, Canada and York University, Canada

    The-Brain-In-Action_Farblogo_200.jpgThe key goal of the International Research Training Group (IRTG) The Brain in Action – BrainAct is to deepen our understanding of the neural systems and processes that underlie perception and action in everyday living. Three interrelated aspects of these processes will be at the scientific core of our IRTG: (i) Action control in natural environments, which comprises (ii) Multisensory perception for action, and (iii) Internal encoding of action-space.

Research units funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG):


Centres, funded by the State of Hessen:

Participation in the following cooperative projects:(?)

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG):

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF):

  • NanoQuit: Nano-electronic semiconductor structures for quantum information technology
  • Spin electronics and spin opto-electronics in semiconductors
  • Cellulect: Eine Synthetische Biologie Plattform zur Optimierung von enzymatischer Biomassenverarbeitung
  • VIP-Projekt: Beschleunigte Terahertz-Bildgebung
  • Wasserstatusbestimmung mittels Terahertz- und Sub-Terahertz-Sensoren


Funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU):


Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi):

  • BMWi / ZIF / AiF: Telemetrisches Ableitsystem zur bidirektionalen Ableitung und Stimulation lokaler Hirnaktivität bei Ratten 
  • Terahertz-Quasi-Zeitbereichsspektroskopie – Innovative Sensortechnologie zur zerstörungsfreien Materialprüfung

Funded by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE):

  • Terahertzwellen-Sensoren – innovative Werkzeuge für die moderne Pflanzenzüchtung
  • Entwicklung innovativer Selektionstechniken für die Züchtung von Trockenstresstoleranz beim Winterraps

Funded by the European Union:

  • EU-FP7 BIANCHO: Bismide and Nitride components for high temperature operation
  • ERMP: Microwave and terahertz metrology for homeland security (NEWO7 THz Security)

Funded by the AiF:

  • Charakterisierung von Emulsionen und Suspensionen mittels THz-ATR-Spektroskopie

Last modified: 06.02.2015 · Schmid Renate, Physik, 21337

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